Bergamot Orange is a small tree which blossoms during the winter. It’s not commonly used for juicing however the juice tastes less sour than lemons, but more bitter than grapefruit. The fruit is a highly fragrant citrus the size of an orange, with a yellow to green colour like a lemon depending on maturity. Famous in the fragrance industry for its fresh, delicate and complex scent, it is grown commercially in Southern Italy for the essential oils produced from the ripe fruit peel and is also popular in aromatherapy applications. The distinctive aroma of the bergamot is most famously known to flavour the well-known Earl Grey tea.
|Growth Height — 4m|
|Flower Colour — White|
|Light Requirements — Full sun|
|Soil Requirements — Special potting mix, Well drained soil|
Plant in a sunny, open position in well-drained soil. Dig a hole twice as wide and as deep as the root-ball. Take out the plant from the container and place the plant into the hole so that the soil level is the same as the surrounding ground. Fill in the hole firmly and water it well even if the soil is moist. To keep the tree free of grass and weeds, and to retain moisture, remember to mulch well but keep mulch away from the tree trunk to avoid collar rot.
Water regularly during warmer months, when buds appear, it starts flowering or when fruit is forming. Water container specimens every three to four days, and more often in hot weather. Do not water the trunk.
Prune in late spring with pruning shears to shape the tree and to remove any dying, low hanging branches or leaves from the tree. Take off any suckers at the base of the trunk and on branches to encourage new growth.